We love to go birding! Central New Mexico Audubon offers weekend and weekday trips to members and nonmembers alike. All field trips are FREE and anyone is welcome! In addition, we have birding opportunities from other organizations posted here!
You can also view a calendar of trips by visiting our “Calendar” page.
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Thursday Birders meet almost every Thursday in Albuquerque. You don’t need to let the leader know you will be attending – just show up at the meeting spot no later than the specified time. If you have any questions email or call the trip leader for that particular day. For a short history of the Thursday Birders and species seen over the years, visit our “About Thursday Birders” page.
Planned trip to the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course has been cancelled due to expected bad weather.
Thanksgiving, so no trip planned.
Walk in the Calabacillas Arroyo area with Sarah and Tom Peterson: 505-228-8091, firstname.lastname@example.org. The group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the west side of the Rio Grande River. The area is reached by driving north on Coors, past Paseo Del Norte and Irving Boulevard, turning east on Westside Drive. Westside Drive is the first right 0.28 miles north of Irving Boulevard. Follow Westside Drive about 0.2 mile to an open gate on the left. Go through the gate and down the arroyo to the parking area. If driving south on Coors from Corrales or Alameda, get in the left lane and turn onto Westside Drive. The walk will end before 12:00 p.m.
BIRD WALK AND HOLIDAY POT LUCK
Walk in Poblanos Fields Open Space with Linda Otterson: 505-280-3123, email@example.com. Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the open space parking lot. To reach the parking lot turn north from Montano Boulevard onto Tierra Viva Place, east of the Rio Grande River. It will be an easy one mile walk ending at 11:00 a.m. From there the group will drive to the First Unitarian Church at 3701 Carlisle NE, located on the southwest corner of Carlisle and Comanche NE, for the holiday pot luck in the church’s Memorial Hall. The parking lot is on Comanche. Rebecca Gracey will be hosting the event, 505-362-5095, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your favorite holiday foods, and Rebecca will furnish the drinks (sparkling fruit juices, sparkling water, beer, wine, and iced tea). The lunch should be over by 2:30 p.m.
Pueblo Montano Open Space
Visit Pueblo Montano Open Space for a walk along the bosque with Pauline and Bernie Morris: 505-369-1227, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the south side of Montano and one block east of Coors. It can be accessed from either street. The parking lot is small, so some people may find it necessary to park in the nearby shopping center on the south. This will be a two-mile walk ending before 12:00 p.m.
Sandia Mountain Christmas Bird Count – Bear Canyon
Participate in the Sandia Mountain Christmas Bird Count by counting birds in Bear Canyon, led by Joe Schelling: 505-205-7820, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Michial M. Emery Bear Canyon Trailhead parking lot east of Tramway on Spain. Spain is north of Montgomery and south of Paseo del Norte. At the east end of Spain, turn right on High Desert Place a short distance to the parking lot. Participants will walk a two-mile loop and should be through with the count by 11:30 a.m. Join other participants in the Sandia Mountain Christmas Bird Count at O’Niell’s Pub for the after-count compilation dinner from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The pub is located at 3301 Juan Tabo Boulevard between Comanche and Candelaria NE.
Alameda Open Space
Walk in the Alameda Open Space in the North Valley with Leah Henzler: 505-280-2085, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Open Space parking lot on the south side of Alameda Boulevard, just east of the Rio Grande River. The one-mile walk will end before 12:00 p.m.
Torrance County Raptors
Drive to see raptors on the eastern plains of Torrance County with Bonnie Long: 505-379-1985, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:20 a.m. for an 8:30 departure from the Tijeras Senior Center on NM 333/Rt. 66. To reach the parking area, turn north on Tijeras Avenue, just west of the Tijeras Library. A secondary meeting place is the Pilot Travel Center located on north NM 41 after taking the second Moriarty exit from I-40. Meet there at 9:00 a.m. The group will drive south of Moriarty on NM 41 and then east and west on Clements Road to look for raptors. Lunch will be at Chili Hills, on the far west side of Moriarty, just east of the Motel 6. The group should be back in Tijeras by 3:00 p.m. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile.
Copper Trailhead Open Space
Hike the Copper Trailhead Open Space at the east end of Copper Avenue NE, east of Tramway Boulevard, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains with Barbara Hussey: 505-385-1165, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the small parking area. There is also parking along Copper. The one-mile walk winds uphill and downhill on disintegrating granite, so a walking stick might be helpful. The walk will end before 12:00 p.m.
Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
Visit the Belen Marsh and Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area with Rebecca Gracey: 505-362-5095, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:50 a.m. for a 9:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on Gibson and University Boulevard SE or 9:30 at the Belen Marsh. To reach the marsh, take the first Belen exit from I-25, Exit 195. Then drive east one mile, turning south at the Taco Bell and parking in that parking lot. After birding at the marsh, the group will visit WWCA on NM 47 on the east side of the Rio Grande. The walk will be 1.5 miles in length. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $4 at five cents per mile. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 1:00 p.m.
Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area
Tour the Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area, part of the Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex, with Ken Zaslow: 512-576-5309, email@example.com. Meet at 8:20 a.m. for an 8:30 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites located on the north side of Gibson and west side of University Boulevard SE. If you are not going to this meet-up location, please call Ken to let him know that you will meet the group at Bernardo. Bring lunch. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 3:00 p.m. Directions: Drive south on I-25 approximately 51 miles to exit 175 Bernardo-Mountainair (US 60E). Proceed east for a short distance and then turn north on NM 116 at the intersection just east of the I-25 overpass. Follow NM 116 north for 1.7 miles to the wildlife area entrance on the right where the group will meet. Car pooling is encouraged.
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with Judy Liddell: 505-220-7998, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on University Boulevard and Gibson SE. A secondary meeting place will be the McDonald’s in Socorro at 9:15 for a quick rest stop and just enough time to get food to go. Please tell Judy by February 5 if you plan to meet the group in Socorro. The group will depart for the Bosque del Apache at 9:30. Bring lunch. A $5 entrance fee or Federal pass is required per car. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 5:00 p.m. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $10 at five cents per mile.
El Oso Grande Park
Gather in the El Oso Grande Park and walk the Bear Canyon Recreation Trail with Glenda and Jim Morling: 269-420-8322, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking area just north of the CNM parking lot off Morris; east of Eubank and north of Montgomery Boulevard NE. The one mile walk will end before 12:00 p.m.
Willow Creek Bosque
Walk in the Willow Creek Bosque in the Rio Rancho Bosque Open Space with Ginny Davis: 719-229-4432, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the open space parking lot. For people not driving from the west side of the river, go north on I-25 and take the exit to Bernalillo/US 550. Drive west on 550 to the traffic light at NM 528. Turn south on 528 for 1.8 miles. Turn east at the traffic light on Willow Creek Road. Drive three blocks past Spruce Mountain Loop, turning left on the unpaved road down the arroyo to the parking lot. The one-mile walk will end before 12:00 p.m.
Tingley Bosque Ponds
Walk around the Tingley bosque ponds with Sara Jayne Cole: 505-503-5599, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the north end of the Tingley Beach parking lot. To reach the area, drive west on Central Avenue past Rio Grande Boulevard, then turn left on Tingley Drive. Take the first right from Tingley Drive, and then turn right again to the dirt overflow parking lot. This leaves the few parking spots by the concession stand for people who want to fish. The walk will be about one mile in length and will end before 12:00 p.m.
If you have any questions about the Thursday Birders trips, contact Rebecca Gracey.
CNMAS Field Trips
CNMAS Trips occur irregularly throughout the year on weekends. Notice that some trips are overnight events. Be sure and contact leaders before you attend! Please make sure to contact your leader prior to the trip as plans may change, leaders appreciate it and some trips are limited to a set number of participants. CNMAS and its leaders encourage car-pooling, especially on longer trips.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Percha Dam and Caballo Lake
Join Kim Score for a trip to Percha Dam and Caballo Lake State Park, 2.5 hours south of Albuquerque. Depending on level of interest we may also visit hot spots at Elephant Butte Reservoir. In addition to a variety of wintering waterfowl, we are likely to find Zonotrichia sparrows, gulls, loons and mergansers. Phainopepla and Pyrrhuloxia are residents, and Purple Finch and Lawrence’s Goldfinch have been sighted.
Bring your spotting scope, camera and walking shoes, along with water, snacks and lunch. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Percha Dam State Park entrance near the pay station kiosk. Please contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and with specific questions. Also, let her know if you’re interested in carpooling from Albuquerque. Camping is available at both parks, and hotel accommodations can be made on Saturday night in Truth or Consequences, 20 miles to the north.
Saturday, February 29,2020
Ute Lake State Park
Join Christopher Rustay for this leap-year-day trip to Ute Lake State Park on year 2020’s bonus day. The trip will include looking primarily for water birds. This can be a good place for Red-breasted Merganser and Horned Grebe as well as loons. But a few land birds, such as Northern Cardinal and Field Sparrow, also may be possible. We will meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Ute Lake park headquarters (State Park Road and Highway 540, west of Logan, NM) and finish in early afternoon.
Bring a lunch, and a spotting scope would be helpful. We will hit various locations around the east and north sides of the lake. The trip will be relatively easy with little walking.
Please contact Christopher by e-mail (email@example.com) by February 25 to ensure that he knows you’ll be on the trip.
If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise for the CNMAS Field Trips contact the Field Trip Director.
Other Birding Opportunities
But that’s not all, we want to share the love! There are many other groups that organize trips in the New Mexico. Here we have provided a list of field outings sponsored by other organizations.
Rio Grande Nature Center Weekend Bird Walks
Every Saturday & Sunday – 8:30 am
w/ Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
The FRGNC offers birding trips every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year starting at 8:30 am. Walks are FREE and open to anyone. They start at the Candelaria Wetlands Blind in the Northeast corner of the parking lot at the Rio Grande Nature Center and last from 1 to 3 hours touring the grounds at the Nature Center. Note that there is a parking fee of $3 unless you have a New Mexico State Parks Pass or Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center pass.
For more information about the Rio Grande Nature Center, visit the friends webpage by clicking here.
Valle de Oro NWR Bird Walks
Every third Saturday of the month
w/ Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Every third Saturday of the month Valle de Oro NWR offers two guided bird walks: one for the beginning enthusiast and one for the more advanced birder. The walks are structured depending on participant turn-out and time of year. Since birds and other wildlife are most active early in the morning, the goal is to start within one hour of sunrise. Start times vary; details are on the Events page of the Friends of Valle de Oro website: http://friendsofvalledeoro.wildapricot.org/.
Albuquerque Urban Bird Coalition
Click the link for a PDF of the Bird Watching Guide for Albuquerque produced by the Albuquerque Urban Bird Coalition.
Sangre De Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips
Sangre De Cristo Audubon (based in Santa Fe, NM) has regular field trips throughout the year.